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Founder of Russia’s illegal online casino Azino777 identified

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Ukraine’s National Police has identified the person, Albert Valiakhmetov, a 33-year-old citizen of Naberezhnye Chelny, who founded Russia’s largest illegal online casino Azino777. The police will initiate criminal action against him, as his website is prohibited and formally blocked by Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media). According to media reports, before 2013, Valiakhmetov lived in his native city and shared apartment with his parents and sister. In 2013, he became a frequent visitor of Kazan and Kyiv. In summer, RBK reported about ties between Azino777 and Ukraine’s Lucky Labs that had been founded by Russian citizens Sergey Tokarev and Rustam Gilfanov. The former partner and Ukrainian entrepreneur Maksim Polyakov allegedly accused them of owning the online casino. In 2013, Azino domen name was registered in ru-zone.

It is said that Azino name has nothing in common with “casino”, but refers to a Kazan’s bedroom district.

When he launched the casino’s promotional campaign, Valiakhmetov deleted all of his social network profiles. Reporters did not manage to find data on his and his relatives’ employment. In January 2019, the Federal Tax Service prohibited banks to transfer payments to Azino. Victory777 registered in Curaçao became the only party in respect of which there’s data on organisation of gambling games which contradicts the law of the Russian Federation.

Azino777 is one of the largest advertising customers in the Russian segment of the Internet, notes Vedomosti. Annual stake volume is estimated at 15 billion rubles ($228 million).

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Fantasma Games Launches Riviera Star

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Fantasma Games has released its latest online slot game Riviera Star. The glamorous slot delivers plenty of big-win potential with thrilling features including Respins, Free Spins, Sticky Wilds and Multipliers.

Any line win activates the Respin feature and sees all winning symbols locked in their position while the rest of the reels spin. Any new line win during the Respin feature is locked and the rest of the reels spin again. When no new line wins occur, the Respin feature ends.

The unique Superstar feature can be randomly activated at the start of any base game spin and sees the Superstar symbol, which acts as a Sticky Wild, placed randomly at a position on reels two to four. It also boasts an increasing all-win multiplier.

Riviera Star also features a Free Spin bonus game triggered when three Scatter Symbols land during the base game. The player receives ten Free Spins and the Superstar feature and all-wins multiplier are also activated.

“The team has done an excellent job of creating a perfectly balanced slot with a unique Superstar feature that combined with an unlimited multiplier, delivers plenty of big win potential that even the Riviera’s rich and famous will be envious of,” Fredrik Johansson, CEO of Fantasma Games said.

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WorldMatch Renovates its Website

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Online gaming company WorldMatch has renovated its website to emphasise its 160 slot machines with 70 game engines, 30 table games and all types of video poker, in HTML5 for both desktop and mobile devices. The new site includes a section dedicated to the individual games and the explanation of their technical characteristics.

The new smart search tool allows filtering the slot machines catalogue, according to the required features and as usual, players can play all the games for free to better appreciate the gaming experience. Real-time updates about the release of new titles, partnerships and participation in events are available in the News page.

The graphic restyling is aimed at pointing out WorldMatch’s mission: to offer a wide range of games that will meet every player’s taste.

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France’s Française des Jeux Secures New Jackpot Insurance

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Française des Jeux (FDJ), the operator of France’s national lottery games, has announced the implementation of a comprehensive insurance policy to cover its counterparty risk from January 1, 2020.

One of the changes involved in the tax and regulatory reform carried out as part of the privatisation of FDJ was the discontinuation of the “counterparty fund” system.

This reform is part of a broader process of clarifying the relations between the state and the company, which is now responsible for covering counterparty risk through an insurance policy, at its own expense.

FDJ has taken out a comprehensive insurance policy with a number of top-tier French and international insurers and reinsurers to cover its counterparty risk, which will take effect from January 1, 2020.

This contract, drawn up with insurance broker Marsh, provides a guarantee for the gains falling within its scope on an aggregate basis. It provides annual coverage of up to €150 million. All costs related to this insurance policy are in line with expectations and are covered by the planned budget.

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